Atlanta people and places

Malaysia bans Justin Bieber “Despacito” remix, citing offense to Islam

7:59 am Jul. 21, 2017

Justin Bieber’s remix of “Despacito,” by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, propelled the infectious hit to global dominance as the most streamed track of all time: 4.6 billion plays and counting.

But Malaysia’s officially not having it. State-run television and radio stations yanked the track after officials said people were complaining about the song’s racy lyrics.

“‘The lyrics are not suitable to be heard,” Malaysia’s Minister of Information and Communications Salleh Said Keruak

O.J. Simpson: “I’ve basically lived a conflict-free life”

1:28 pm Jul. 20, 2017

BREAKING: O.J. Simpson has been granted parole

During his parole board hearing in Lovelock, Nev. Thursday, O.J. Simpson talked about courses he’s taken while in custody, said he’s been called on to mediate disputes and said he helped his fellow inmates get a Baptist church service started there. He attends it religiously, he said, noting the pun was intended.

He said he’s a good guy who’s never been accused of pulling a gun on

So, it turns out Kim Kardashian is actually Chrissy Teigen

6:12 am Jul. 20, 2017

Imagine being Kim Kardashian and finding out you are actually Chrissy Teigen.

BuzzFeed, the site known for both silly quizzes and serious journalism, like the exhaustively reported article looking into allegations about R&B star R. Kelly, made it happen.

A quiz devised by Deputy Celebrity Editor Lindsay Farber asked “Are You More Kim Kardashian Or Chrissy Teigen?” and rendered verdicts based on respondents’ choice of snacks, shoes, pets, second homes, nail polish

HBO plans alt-history series “Confederate,” where the South succeeds

5:15 pm Jul. 19, 2017

HBO plans to launch “Confederate,” a series set in some alternate universe where the South successfully secedes from the Union and stays there, “giving rise to a nation in which slavery remains legal and has evolved into a modern institution,” Deadline reports.

The actual Civil War ended in 1865, leaving more than 600,000 Union and Rebel troops dead. See the AJC’s interactive project, War In Our Backyards, for an

Why Crystal Gayle is taking Brenda Lee’s place at upcoming concert

4:22 pm Jul. 18, 2017

Brenda Lee had been ready to perform at the upcoming Georgia Mountain Fair, happening July 21-29 in Hiawassee.

But – dang it! – the beloved Country Hall of Famer has been ordered to rest after breaking her foot. So, country music queen Crystal Gayle will delight audiences in her stead.

The performances, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, take place in the music hall on the Georgia Mountain Fairground and